In the past weeks I’ve been going through my books, making old projects with the new Trio. Everything is so easy and fast now – one short firing, no compatibility issues. I hope you’ve had a chance to play with the One-fire Trio, starting with the beginners projects I posted last week. If you are out of ideas and would like to experiment some more, here are a few suggestions:
The instructions for making pieces like this (a technique I call “Changing Places”) can be found in the book: The Handbook of Metal Clay: Textures and Forms (2nd edition), pp. 21-26.
Keep in mind: it’s best to make backing layers out of steel, 6-8 cards thick. It will hardly add any weight to the pieces, since steel is so light. This does not apply to pieces where the steel is used in just small amounts:
The bird in the photo above is colored with Super Blue Patina.
The Trio doesn’t work so well for mokume-gane, or wherever a high contrast is required. The reason is that steel does not react with Baldwin’s Patina when fired at the high temperature required for the Trio. Super Blue Patina will darken all metals, not only steel.
The core of the two hollow forms above is made with Champagne Bronze, since it has the highest shrinkage rate.
I am making now pieces made out just of Steel and Champagne Bronze. Next posting will include a project and some photos.